We are BEYOND excited for the release of our 2013 Compilation Album. To help set the tone, we are giving away downloads of the opening track from the album – “Hard Times” by Darnell Boys. Remember to join us on June 1st at The World Famous for your chance to purchase copies of the album, PLUS catch a free concert featuring Darnell Boys, k i d s, and King of Prussia (Taj Hanick & Friends). RSVP on Facebook here.
Top 10 Summer Festivals 2013
Read the full story here.
AthFest Educates, a non-profit dedicated to music and arts education in Athens, donated $10,490 to the Clarke County School District to purchase instruments for use in five district elementary schools’ after school band programs.
The donation is one of many AthFest Educates makes to local music and arts projects in and around Athens, but is the largest single donation in the organization’s history, and included five flutes, four clarinets, three alto saxophones, four trumpets, three trombones, and four drum/bell kits. The instruments will go to Whit Davis, Timothy Road, JJ Harris, Cleveland Road and Chase Street Elementary Schools for use in their after school band programs.
The After School Band program was started in Fall of 2011 under the guidance of Jay Wucher, a music consultant to the school district, Dr. Skip Taylor, of UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and supervision of graduate student Jocelyn Prendergast. The After School Band program is modeled after similar programs implemented and overseen by Taylor like the UGA String Project, where UGA music education students teach the young musicians, and graduate students work with the pre-service teachers.
Taylor says, “With the joining of Athfest, Clarke County schools and the Hodgson School of Music, many more elementary school students are learning about music with hands-on experiences, and aspiring music teachers are getting valuable teaching experience. It’s a good thing all around!”
In addition to the instrument donation, which will loan instruments to students in need, free of rental fees, AthFest Educates fulfilled grants to provide 18 scholarships for students who could not pay the tuition for the music program. AthFest Educates also plans to continue to contribute to the full list of instrument needs for other CCSD programs.
Janine Sheedy, Education Chair of AthFest Educates says, “The earlier kids are invited to participate in learning about and making music, especially with their peers, the better. Getting instruments into the hands of young people in our community is the epitome of the goal of AthFest Educates, and we are thrilled to do it.”
Jay Wucher echoes that sentiment, saying: “Starting children at an early age helps to promote a love of music and better prepares them to succeed in their middle school band programs. It also helps build an investment in their musical future and a sense of accomplishment. With the purchase of these instruments more children from all backgrounds will now have a chance to be part of something that can be life changing.”
Several projects that have been sponsored by AthFest Educates will be featured at the AthFest Music Festival, including the Barrow DrumCorp and the UGA String Project, which will perform on the KidsFest stage and main stage respectively.
SPROCKETS MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL
The longest running film festival exclusively for music videos in the world2013 CALL FOR ENTRIES IS GOING ON NOW!2013 SCHEDULEApril 15 Final Entry DeadlineJune 15 Sprockets Music Video Show at the 40 Watt ClubJune 20 Flagpole Music Awards2013 *ALL-STAR* JUDGESChristopher Roberts - Head of Artist Relations for VICE MediaColeen Haynes - Executive Producer RSA/Black Dog FilmsHeather McIntosh - Cellist, Bassist, Film ComposerJennifer Smith - Writer/Director, Professor of Video Production at UGA Grady CollegeStephen Pitalo - Writer/Editor, Music Video HistorianWINNERS• video played at the Flagpole Music Awards• one of a kind trophy by sculptor Mike Harboldt• winning video announced on the IMVDb.com blogSprockets 2013 is An AthFest affiliated event!MORE INFO & ENTRY FORM: http://filmathens.net/sprockets
AthFest Educates, a local non-profit that produces both the AthFest Music Festival and the AthHalf Half Marathon, is proud to announce its latest investment in the community.
Throughout the year, we award grants to local organizations that fit with our overall mission, the latest proposal which we have awarded was for The Clarke County School District Elementary After School Band Program!
Started in 2011, the After School Band Program has been fighting an uphill battle against the steep price of purchase/rental for instruments. They have seen a large number of interested students forced to quit the program because of this financial hurdle. Their proposal to AthFest highlighted this problem, and offered a solution. We have awarded the program $10,490 to purchase an array of instruments that they can then loan to interested students for FREE!
The instruments purchased:
- 5 Flutes
- 4 Clarinets
- 3 Alto Saxes
- 4 Trumpets
- 3 Trombones
- 4 Drum/Bell Kits
AthFest Educates would like to thank every single person who has contributed to our organization, whether through volunteer hours or monetarily for making this donation possible. You can support AthFest Educates, and enable us to continue making an impact by volunteering, buying a festival wristband, or running in our race!
First wave of Artists announced for AthFest 2013:
Patterson Hood and the Downtown Mystic Rumblers
This Athfest performance will be the first, and possibly only ever performance from a merging of the two bands Patterson put together to promote his album “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance”.
In addition to Patterson, the band features Patterson’s Dad, Muscle Shoals session veteran David Hood on Bass. The band also features Claire Campbell and Page Campbell (Hope For Agoldensummer, Dreamboat), Jacob Morris on Cello (check out his fantastic solo album “Moths”); and Jay Gonzalez and Brad Morgan from Drive-By Truckers.
Modern Skirts (FINAL show!)
AthFest has seen many sides of the Modern Skirts over the years. We have witnessed them exploring their seemingly limitless creativity in countless club shows, and several unforgettable outdoor performances. Preceding the release of their experimental but wholly satisfying Gramahawk album, few can forget their passionate performance in the pouring rain as an outdoor headliner. After countless gigs, and with thousands upon thousands of enthralled fans, Modern Skirts have decided to disband. It is with heavy hearts that we welcome them to our festival to send them off properly.
ZOOGMA combines the sonic diversity and precision of a DJ with the excitement and immediacy of a four-piece rock group. Known for their energetic performances and retina pleasing light show, the band consistently dishes out heavyweight beat-driven dance parties across the nation. Sets are kinetic, combining live improvisation with carefully crafted beats and melodic textures.
Ghost Owl (ft. members of Perpetual Groove)
Ghost Owl is a new band formed by Adam Perry, Albert Suttle, and Matthew McDonald, members of Perpetual Groove. Ghost Owl’s goal is to take Music, Visual Art, Technology, and Production to make an entirely new kind of live music experience and album. The members of Ghost Owl have made it the band’s theme and mission to continue to learn and push themselves through many different types of “lessons” which will be implemented in the live show.A mix of EDM Indie Hipster Crush!
Cracker, the group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, joins us at AthFest 2013! David Lowery, in the mid-80s, in Santa Cruz, California, formed Camper Van Beethoven, and their “Take the Skinheads Bowling” became an instant college radio staple. When CVB disbanded on tour in Sweden, following their second major label release, Lowery formed Cracker with his longtime friend Johnny Hickman. (The pair had met on the local music scene as teenagers in Redlands, CA.) Cracker’s emergent sound had less in common with Camper’s exotic excursions and was more in synch with the Kinks and Southern roots music.
Expanded list of performers:
The District Attorneys
Sons of Bill
Artist Market: Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the Artist Market Hours?
The Artist Market is central to the 3 days of the Festival. As such, artists are expected to display on Friday Saturday and Sunday.
Friday: Load in and set-up from 1 pm to 5 pm, Market Hours: 5 pm-10 pm
Saturday: Market Hours: 12 pm-10 pm
Sunday: Market Hours: 12:30 pm-8 pm. Break-down and Move Out: 8 pm-10 pm. Washington Street re-opens to traffic at approximately10 pm.
How Long Do Artists Get to Unload?
Artists will be e-mailed a barricade pass with directions on how to enter and exit the festival area about a week before the festival. The load-in/out times will be listed on the pass.
We ask that artists unload vehicle(s) as quickly as possible and then move them to parking. The barricade pass allows you 15 minutes to unload. You should not expect to set up your entire booth before moving your car! Space is very tight, and it is important that we get vehicles out of the festival area as soon as possible. Once the festival is open to foot traffic, all vehicles must be out.
If you are late to the festival (after 5 pm Friday, 12 pm Saturday, or 12:30 pm Sunday), you may not enter the festival area to unload. You may be allowed to park outside the foot traffic area and walk your items in.
Is Parking Provided?
Yes. Parking is provided for artist vehicles, through an arrangement with Prestige Parking. Once you arrive and unload, you will see a Prestige Rep for information on where to park. Spaces for Oversized vehicles and campers/trailers are limited. Parking in the Downtown Parking Decks is free on Sunday.
Do I Have to Stay the Whole Time?
It is our general expectation that artists exhibit during the advertised hours of the market. If you have a special circumstance, talk with the Artist Market Chair. Leaving early without giving notice may result in your exclusion from the Artist Market in the future.
Submit any questions to Sean Cook, Artist Market Chair, via e-mail to artsathfestcom (artsathfestcom)
We have opened up two digital avenues for Bands & Musicians to submit to be a part of the 2013 Festival, and are currently accepting submissions for:
1. The 2013 AthFest Compilation Album: Past albums have included the likes of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Reptar, and more! To submit to potentially included in the 2013 album, head HERE.
2. We are currently accepting submissions via Sonicbids for bands/musicians to be considered for performing at the 2013 Festival. Submitting will automatically enter you to be considered for outdoor stage slots, as well as club-crawl venue slots. Head HERE.